USB Memory Direct | Custom USB Drives

Making Waves

We are so excited to partner with USB Memory Direct, we sent them a drawing for custom USB drives and they nailed it!!  They are made of rubber which will be great to reduce impact during shipping and usage although we did have the choice of wood, rubber, leather, plastic, metal or silicone.

Since most of our photography sessions are on the beach we figured this would be a fun and beautiful way to mail our clients their files.  We could have added accessories or moving parts but a simple clean design that makes our clients remember those beautiful summer days as they scroll through their family beach portraits or wedding photos on the Outer Banks beaches was what we envisioned.

Thank you for being so precise, quick and easy to work with!  Up next, maybe a mermaid!

 

 

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First Birthday! | Milo

Growing Up Currituck

First Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Milo!

We are so happy to see this Boginsky family grow!  We’ve seen this family through the years, and now they have little Milo, and have built a new home!

Simon is a great big brother!

First Birthday!

First Birthday!

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Bridesmaid’s Hacks | How to Have Fun and Feel Confident!
Adore Me!

You get a phone call, your best friend is engaged and wants you to be a bridesmaid!!  You will  have lots of parties, showers, and get togethers to look forward to, and even help plan.  You may even go wedding dress shopping with the soon to be “Mrs.”.  One thing is for sure, you will have to wear a beautiful bridesmaid’s dress! Some brides choose the same color and dress for each of their ladies, and others give a style or color palette, and allow their bridesmaid’s to choose their own dress.

Part of this planning is choosing an outfit and proper lingerie for each event.  Since each dress has a different cut and material, you will need to be prepared and find the proper bra to hold your ladies in place, and be hidden by the bridesmaid’s dress.

This one piece of tiny material has many jobs, it has to help keep the shape of the dress, accentuate your breasts, and most importantly, to allow you to have fun and feel confident. This is not easy to find all in one bra!

Molly and Davi’s wedding was one of the funnest weddings I have had the honor of photographing!  They danced, ran, jumped, and sang their way through the most magical Outer Banks beach wedding at Sanderling Resort!  Their dresses had to withstand, sand, wind, salt water, and dancing, lots and lots of dancing!!!

Each of the bridesmaids had different dresses, and had to come up with choices for what they wore underneath that was appropriate for their particular dress.  All that planning paid off as they all had fun, looked amazing and felt confident!!

We are excited to share some tips on finding the perfect marriage between your bra and your bridesmaid dress from Adore Me.

 

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Iceland | Seljalandsfoss

Waterfalls and a Plane Crash

 

 

Yesterday was our last full day in Iceland, and we did way more than we thought we could! Our first stop was the Secret Lagoon. It wasn’t as large as the Blue Lagoon Iceland (from what we’ve heard), but it seemed less touristy, and it was absolutely gorgeous! These hot pools are created from steam coming up from the earth, and you can walk around the pool and see holes with boiling water.

Our next stop was Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which is huge and you can walk behind it!! Poppy and I went while Peaches slept in the car with John. We climbed to where you can walk behind the waterfall and watched for awhile before committing to hiking down the rocks to the slippery muddy trail behind it. When you walk behind it, it’s one of the most gorgeous sights I’ve seen, the water is falling so fast, the sun is shining through the water droplets, and the waterfall hitting the water below is so loud and peaceful. We didn’t stay long because we didn’t think to bring our waterproof coats, and you get soaking wet, it’s March and chilly!!

Next, we drove to the Navy plane that crashed in 1973 on the beach, where all passengers survived. As we were walking (approx 8km roundtrip) down the long black gravel road with Peaches on my back, and Pops trotting along with us, every third person leaving would mumble something about how it’s too far for us to go, or a couple of women stopped us to tell us how far it is, and that it’s not worth it. When we arrived we disagreed. It was almost sunset and it was gorgeous!! The girls loved playing inside the plane, jumping on the wings, and were full of questions as to where the wings went, and what did the passengers feel like when they landed. We came out of the plane, turned around and there was another couple with a 4 year old! We made friends and all walked back together. It helped to have another little to keep Poppy’s spirits up for the hike back to the car.
On the way home, Poppy and John climbed Skógafoss Waterfall, Icelandwhich is said to have a pot of gold behind it, Pops loved that story!!

Today we fly home, it’s been an incredible trip but it will be equally wonderful to get home!!

 

 

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  • Sarie - Safe journeys!!! 🙂 Big hugs!

Iceland | Selfoss and Golden Circle

Icelandic Horses

We debated on staying in Reykjavik, or staying out in the boonies, and although it would be convenient for restaurants and museums to be in the city, we really wanted to be able to see the Northern Lights.

We decided to stay up a dormant volcano near Selfoss.  The roads here aren’t as clear as the highways, but still easy to drive. We thought, without waking the kids, to drive out each night, we may have a better chance out of the city since there would be less light pollution. So far, we have not seen them, except on the plane, but it hasn’t kept us from getting up several times a night to check!

This is the rawest, most magical country we have ever visited. Driving from the airport, we were in complete awe, there was nothing but snow covered mountains which are mostly flat on the top since they are made from volcanic soil, and erode quicker over time. There were no trees or brush, only rocks, boulders, and snow.
They say if you don’t like the weather, give it 5 minutes and it will change. We are finding this is absolutely true. The pictures below were all taken on a 2.5 hour drive.
We love WOW Travel Airline!! They are a super affordable way to get from the US to Iceland or Europe, the staff is friendly, helpful and the free carry on luggage was recently increased. For our family of 4, we brought 4 backpacks (John had one which he put all of his clothing in a compression sack, Peaches and Pops shared one, I had one with a laptops and camera equipment with my clothes and one for books, homework, toys, snacks…), a booster seat, and car seat, and could get them all on without any additional fees. We squished our snow bibs, huge hats, gloves and waterproof clothing into a Sea to Summit – Outdoor Gear compression sack, and were able to put that into a backpack with all of our other clothing.
Make sure you pack enough travel sized toiletries, as we have found trying to buy shampoo and conditioner quite expensive ($79 US Dollars for both so we are using dish soap, haha.) We did not shop around but at the particular store we were in, that was the most affordable.
We also found alcohol and snacks were cheaper if purchased in the duty free shop before leaving the airport instead of in a grocery store. Alcohol has it’s own store, beer and wine are not available at the supermarket.
We got our car through Rent A Wreck Iceland, and so far have been super pleased with it!! It was more affordable than many other companies. It has new snow tires, everything works perfectly, the exterior looks like it’s brand new, overall great condition! The friendly and patient man (who’s cousin is OZZO Photography, check him out, AMAZING photos and videos, he even did a Major Lazer video here in Iceland) met us at the airport by the luggage, although we were late (had lunch and went to duty free before heading to get rental car) he waited for us (I didn’t realize they weren’t located at the airport.) He walked us outside, we signed the paperwork in the car, dropped him off at his car in the next parking lot and off we went! The cars come with no gas so you have to scoot up the road less than a mile to fill up immediately ($110 USD for our 4×4 car) but you bring them back with no gas as well! The gas stations are by no means plentiful but they are around. I was worried when we got to 1/2 tank of gas that we’d have to go back towards the city to get more gas but they had it available at several locations on the Golden Circle.

I want to come back and see it when it’s lush and green but if I only come once I am so so so happy it’s covered in snow, it’s a sight I could only dream of.

 

icelandic horses
Selfoss and Golden Circle

Selfoss and Golden Circle

Selfoss and Golden Circle

Pops read a book about Icelandic Horses called Elska. Since then, she has been so excited to see these gorgeous horses!
These beautiful, friendly horses are seen on the mountainsides all over Iceland, although they are tame, they appear wild with their huge pastures covering fields and fields of wide open space. While driving we stopped to meet them. They put their heads over the fence and love for you to scratch their ears, they are some of the friendliest horses I have ever met! In the states when someone is standing outside the fence, it’s unusual for all the horses in the pasture to come put their heads over and want to visit but not here!
We decided to go to a stable to find out more! The particular one we went to has over 350 horses and most of them go on vacation (stay in the pasture) during the winter while 50 or more come in and out to be ridden.
They are a 5 gaited horse, and one of the extra gates outside of walk, trot, canter, is the tölt. It’s a smooth ambling pace faster than a walk that can reach speeds as fast as a canter.
We love these mouthy, funny, playful horses!!!

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  • Sarie - These are fabulous! You know what cracks me up the most? Peachie Pie running around buck-ass naked except for her little boots in a place where there is still deep snow visible! She’d fit in well in Vermont! 🙂 Y’all are welcome any time!!!

    Love all the horsies talking to each other and smiling for the camera! 🙂

    Good luck spying those northern lights!

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